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Report: Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument Tourism Up 10% Last Year

Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument
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A new National Park Service report shows that Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument attracted 41,000 visitors last year who spent $2.7 million in nearby communities. The report says that spending supported 38 jobs and had a cumulative benefit of more than $3 million.

Visitation continues to grow each year. Superintendent Tim Hudson says the numbers increased about 10% last summer and have prompted the National Park Service to propose adding the monument's facilities to a national park reservation system. Currently, all campsites and lean-tos are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

"We had one group recently that said, 'If we had a reservation system we'd come but we don't want to take the chance that we won't get a spot,'" Hudson says.

Currently, all campsites and lean-tos are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The national reservation does include a fee - but there are no costs to use the facilities. Public comment is being taken on the reservation system until July 15.